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    Watch this space for all the latest news and events at SFM including team building days, charity events and more.

News and Events

Watch this space for all the latest news and events at SFM including team building days, charity events and more.

Here at SFM, there is always something going on. If you wish to keep up to date with all the SFM News and Events, simply scroll down. You will find out what we have been up to recently.

 

Our News and Events section includes everything. From bake sales and other fundraising events to news about patents, new product launches and attendance in different conferences and exhibitions around the world. 

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June 2020 - SFM Safety Measures

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many challenges in 2020 and businesses have had to implement new measures to keep their staff safe whilst continuing to operate. SFM, as a key business, has kept its doors open, however we have diligently put in place relevant safety measures early on – some of them as early as the beginning of March, ahead of many organisations. Since the beginning of the pandemic here in the UK, SFM has reinforced, maintained, and improved a number of measures to ensure staff safety. The COVID-19 measures put in place at SFM fall under two categories – informative and practical. Informative measures include regular COVID-19 updates, hand washing technique posters, informative banners, etc. The practical measures encompass a wide range of precautions intended to ensure the safety of our staff at all times, e.g. observance of social distancing rules at work, medical grade hand sanitisers and surface disinfectant wipes made available to employees, Work From Home policy implemented whenever possible, new office furniture layout to allow for social distancing, masks provided to employees and contractors. Going forward, SFM will continue to do whatever is necessary to maintain a safe work environment for all our employees& contractors. We will continue to follow all Government guidelines and to take any and all precautions that are required in this respect.

March 2020 - Coronavirus outbreak response

We are living unprecedented times as the global COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly disrupting all industries and communities across the globe. Here at SFM, we have taken all steps currently advised by the Government to protect our staff, contractors and suppliers and to help minimise the impact on the business. Half of our staff has been asked to work remotely as a means to implement social distancing recommendations and we have put in place the electronic tools to help us carry out our tasks normally. Staff working on both sites has been asked to wash their hands regularly for more than 20 seconds and to keep a 2-meter distance, whilst all surfaces are being cleaned daily with medical grade disinfectants. We have discontinued any unnecessary face-to-face meetings and/or business trips and have instead been using electronic meeting systems. We have asked our staff to stay home as a duty of care in case they are showing flu-like symptoms and to follow the Government’s instructions in this case. Please rest assured we as a business are doing everything we can to implement all the recommended measures to protect our staff and ultimately the most vulnerable members of our community and will continue to do as the crisis unfolds.

February 2020 - Wound Care Today Update

The SFM team had an absolutely amazing time at the Wound Care Today 2020 Exhibition in Milton Keynes and we would like to thank everyone who stopped by Stand 29. We were really excited to be part of the conversation and get valuable insight into the wound care market trends. We were particularly interested in engaging with clinicians, nurses and healthcare assistants to gain a better understanding of what is expected of us as wound care innovators. We also presented two scientific posters relating to our latest technologies, and we are happy to report they were very well received.

February 2020 - SFM exhibits at Wound Care Today 2020

We are very excited to announce SFM will be exhibiting at the Annual National Wound Care Today Conference and Exhibition, 26th - 27th February, Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. Already at its 3rd edition, the two-day wound care event has quickly grown in popularity. It is offering an exciting mix of professional and personal development, an exhibition hall and a free year-round access to a dedicated educational platform. This will be the first time we are exhibiting at WCT, and we are tremendously excited to attend and be a part of the players driving innovation in the wound care industry. If you are attending, we would love to meet with you and start a conversation about how we support your business and the patients’ well-being. So please make sure to visit us at Stand 29.

December 2019 - Charitable giving

December has been very busy here at SFM. We started off with World AIDS Day on the 1st of December, making a small donation in solidarity with people affected by this terrible condition and the awful stigma attached to it. We then asked everyone at SFM to select their preferred charity and so Myton Hospices were chosen as our charity of the year. We were fortunate enough to have one of the Myton Hospices representatives visit us to tell us more about the charity and their amazing work and to receive a donation. More donations were raised during the Christmas Lunch we held - a wonderful opportunity to get together as a team and to give something back to the community we are part of.

October 2019 - SFM’s patented Titan technology

Innovation has always been at the centre of our business, as we are constantly striving to discover innovative advanced wound care dressings which will ultimately benefit the patient. Our most recent and most exciting project refers to the incorporation into cellulose fibres of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs ) working as an antibacterial agent. The renewed interest in the use of metallic silver for advanced wound are dressings has been driven mainly by the proliferation of antibiotic resistant bacteria, e.g. MRSA. SFM have developed proprietary technology to produce cellulose fibres with AgNPs, which are then used to manufacture highly absorbent wound dressings with antibacterial properties. The main characteristic of this type of wound dressings is the ability to maintain a moist wound environment which has been found to be more effective in treating chronic wounds. The resulting fibres have good strength and long term stability and the metal nanoparticles may be evenly distributed throughout the fibre structure. SFM’s Titan technology is subject to patents granted by the relevant European, Japanese, Chinese and Australian Patent Offices.

September 2019 - SFM's Biggest Coffee Morning

On 27th September SFM joined in the efforts to raise money for people living with cancer as we held our own Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We baked, faked and indulged in the best cakes anyone could ask for. There was also a best homemade cake competition which was rightfully won by the most luscious ginger, caramel and rum cake ever. Everyone was happy to get together, enjoy a piece of cake and donate for charity. We would like to say thank you to all of you who baked, faked and donated. It was an amazing example of team spirit and care for those less fortunate.

September 2019 - SFM attends the Wound Expo in Coventry

On 3rd September 2019, SFM attended the Wound Expo event at Ricoh Arena, Coventry. We were very excited to meet the people at the forefront of wound care and we took the chance to speak to relevant stakeholders. The event was designed to provide an interactive education platform for front-line nurses in the fundamental aspects of wound care. There was also an exhibition area dedicated to innovative advanced wound care products - a fantastic opportunity to interact with tissue viability nurses. We look forward to the 2020 edition of Wound Expo!

August 2019 - SFM has been granted the 510(k) clearance

We are pleased to announce that SFM has received a 510(k) clearance for its reinforced alginate silver dressing. 510(k)s are granted by the US FDA following a rigorous review of technical documentation as part of the submission process. This means SFM can legally market this exciting new product in the USA.

June 2019 - SFM at EWMA 2019

From 5th - 7th June, SFM attended the 29th edition of the European Wound Management Association Conference or EWMA for short. The Conference was held in the beautiful city of Gothenburg, Sweden. EWMA is actually one of the largest conferences in the world. It focuses on a wide variety of topics, from wound prevention and management to epidemiology, pathology & diagnosis. This is an event we simply could not have missed. The conference was a great opportunity to get insightful information into the latest wound management research and a good feel of the industry as a whole – trends, developments, & innovations. It was also a chance to meet up with potential customers and to offer them a comprehensive overview of what SFM does as an expert manufacturer of gelling fibres & materials. It was amazing to see that the ‘Legs Matter’ campaign we support also reached Sweden at EWMA. A great chance to raise awareness on the importance of conditions that affect the legs & feet.

May 2019 - Legs Matter Week at SFM

Leg & foot problems are currently one of the biggest challenges in the healthcare industry. Chronic wound care costs the NHS between £4.5 - £5.1 bn/yr and more than 40% of these wounds are leg & foot ulcers. Beyond factual data, the reality is that thousands of people’s quality of life is devastated by the lack of support and advice on the prevention of lower leg and foot conditions. The failure to correctly diagnose and treat them is also a major issue. This is why the Legs Matter Coalition held the first ever ‘Legs Matter Week’ from 3rd - 7th June 2019. SFM joined in the efforts to help raise awareness about the conditions affecting legs & feet. The ultimate goal was to promote a better understanding of lower leg & foot conditions, with a clear focus on prevention. We provided informative materials – e.g. the top tips on leg ulcers, awareness leaflets, etc. - for everyone in the company, thus encouraging the start of a discussion on this topic. We also shared relevant content on our social media platforms. We were happy to learn the campaign managed to grab the interest of a large portion of the audience.

May 2019 - SFM attends SAWC Spring

SFM attended one of the largest wound care conferences and exhibitions in the world – The Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) – which was held in San Antonio, Texas. Our R&D team lead by Graeme Kettlewell presented four research posters highlighting the team’s findings in the field including nano-particulate silver dressings. The posters were very well received. The findings were met with incredible interest from peers and prospective customers. We also took this opportunity to meet up with our customers and discuss about our future collaborations.

May 2019 - SFM attends Med-Tech Expo in Birmingham

In May 2019 we were part of the thousands of visitors from 22 countries at Med-Tech Expo held at NEC Birmingham. There were 3 conference stages which included important speakers from the medical industry, such as NHS England, Innovate UK and Boston Scientific. This was an excellent opportunity for SFM to get insightful information on cutting-edge technologies focussing on med-tech, digital devices and pharmaceuticals.

January 2019 - SFM takes appropriate measures in case of a no-deal Brexit

SFM is preparing contingency plans to ensure we are able to continue to operate as normal and deliver products to our EU based customers. SFM has been working with our supply base in the EU for the last months to ensure sufficient stocks of the limited number of raw materials that we regularly import from the EU are secured to support manufacture throughout 2019. As we are also planning to relocate production lines to our new facility during 2019 / 2020, we are currently building in process and finished good stocks to support this endeavour. Hence we have an additional buffer to protect from any short to medium term volatility in the movement of goods in and out of the UK. SFM has partnered with selective transport and logistics companies who have secured Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status. This will enable SFM to import materials/products from the EU and clear customs more quickly.

December 2018 - SFM has been granted the ISO13485 :2016 accreditation

We are pleased to announce that we have been accredited to ISO13485 :2016 for Medical devices – Quality management systems – Requirements for regulatory purposes – after a successful BSI audit which lasted 3 days. This international standard certifies that we are in full compliance with the stringent requirements currently in place for quality management systems specific to the medical devices industry.

November 2018 - Highlights from Medica 2018

From 12th - 13th November 2018, the SFM team attended the Medica 2018 Fair in Dusseldorf, Germany. As the world’s largest event for the medical sector, Medica attracts more than 5,000 exhibitors from 70 countries. It was an excellent opportunity for us to learn more about the latest developments in this ever changing industry, from cutting-edge technologies to innovative dressings. We also took the chance to approach potential new customers to discuss our offer for high-quality products and services and to meet up with existing ones to enhance our relationship. All the discussions were very positive and we look forward to further successful collaborations in the future.

November 2017 - SFM relocates to Galaxy House, Binley, Coventry

SFM has decided to relocate its operations to a new site renamed Galaxy House over the next 24 months. Galaxy House was formerly operated by Dow Chemicals and it sits 5 miles from our current location on an established industrial estate. The site benefits from excellent facilities with enough space to contain our offices, a conference room, a board room, 5 meeting rooms, the manufacturing area and a private car park. This move is necessary due to functionality-related issues and also the ongoing redevelopment for residential use of the surrounding area. The relocation to Galaxy House will help streamline our production operations and workflows going forward as a result of creating a centralised manufacturing area. The new site is large enough to accommodate a growing workforce and it will provide the foundations for a future expansion of our business. It will also help improve cost efficiencies whilst providing the best customer service. This in turn will contribute to SFM being recognised as a leader in the manufacturing of gelling fibres and materials.

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